Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring bulbs are in bloom

Friday marked the opening of the 2011 Spring and Bulb Show at the Garfield Park Conservatory in Indianapolis, and I stopped in at the show that day to grab the images you see here. The show runs through April 1. Admission is $3; families pay no more than $8.

On April 2, conservatory staff will sell all the bulbs on a first-come, first serve basis. The conservatory's hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays.

The images here are from both the bulb show, which is confined to the atrium area at the front (north end) of the conservatory, and the tropical plant exhibit in the larger back end. The $3 admission gets you access to both.

I swung by the conservatory after stopping in Beech Grove to shoot pictures -- primarily for posterity purposes -- of the interior of the Benedict Inn activities center, which will close its doors due to financial reasons at the end of March. The Benedictine Sisters plan to raze the building later in the year and leave the site vacant. The Benedict's Inn retreat operation will continue to run in the building next door to the activities center.

The activities center -- known for its swimming pool and gymnasium but also used for conferences and other gatherings -- was used through the years by many churches, schools and organizations on the Southside of Indianapolis, and thus holds a special memory for many people. The Benedictine Sisters, while cheerfully consenting to my request to grab pictures of the interior (I will furnish them copies of the images, which they had requested for their archives), asked me not to post any of the photos in this blog. They have been dealing with the building's imminent closure for some time now and have emotionally put its closure behind them. They fear that posting pictures from my shoot would serve to revive sentiment in the community and force them to have to go through another round of something they feel they've already weathered.



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